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Senate votes to confirm Biden pick for DC appeals court

Jun. 14, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed the first appellate court judge of President Joe Biden’s tenure, elevating a judge with strong prospects of landing on the president's short list should a Supreme Court vacancy arise. Senators voted 53-44 to confirm...

Hassan: Mask requirement lifted for commercial fishermen

Jun. 14, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Coast Guard have updated guidance for commercial fishermen saying those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask while outside on a commercial fishing vessel, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan said. ...

In US, Pride Month festivities muted by political setbacks

Jun. 11, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

It’s Pride Month, and gay Americans should have a lot to celebrate: A new president who has pledged to advocate for LGBTQ people, an easing of a pandemic that has disrupted their communal activism, and increasing public acceptance of their basic rights, including record-high support for...

US will revisit Trump-era decision for Alaska rainforest

Jun. 11, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government announced plans Friday to “repeal or replace” a decision by the Trump administration last fall to lift restrictions on logging and road building in a southeast Alaska rainforest that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. ...

Journalists demanding more action against online harassment

Jun. 11, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press' recent firing of a young reporter for what she said on Twitter has somewhat unexpectedly turned company and industry attention to the flip side of social media engagement — the online abuse that many journalists face routinely. ...

Nominee to oversee Indigenous affairs has widespread support

Jun. 09, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Joe Biden's nominee to oversee Indigenous affairs at the Interior Department said Wednesday he won't impede tribes as they seek to improve infrastructure, public safety and the economy on their lands. Bryan Newland appeared before the...

EXPLAINER: The differences between Democrats' 2 voting bills

Jun. 09, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Democratic Party's hopes of passing a massive overhaul of elections may have suffered a fatal blow when West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin became the first member of the party to say he wouldn't support it, ensuring the bill, known as HR1, would not pass the Senate. ...

EXPLAINER: The differences between Democrats' 2 voting bills

Jun. 08, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Democratic Party's hopes of passing a massive overhaul of elections may have suffered a fatal blow when West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin became the first member of the party to say he wouldn't support it, ensuring the bill, known as HR1, would not pass the Senate. ...

Civil rights leaders don't budge key senator on voting bill

Jun. 08, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was unswayed Tuesday by civil rights leaders who implored him to rethink his opposition to a sprawling election bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said is crucial to countering a “Republican assault on our democracy." ...

Manchin's opposition clouds future of Dems' elections bill

Jun. 06, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Democratic senator says he will not vote for the largest overhaul of U.S. election law in at least a generation, leaving no plausible path forward for legislation that his party and the White House have portrayed as crucial for protecting access to the ballot. ...